The #MeToo movement has raised the awareness of sexual abuse stories. What do you do when past sexual abuse affects your marriage? I believe there are many people struggling with this reality. It is a silent, private and hidden pain eating away at marriages.
If your wife was a victim of past sexual abuse, you know the damage and hurt it causes. One in four girls experience some form of sexual abuse before they are 18 years old (US DOJ). There are a larger number of married couples dealing with haunted marriages. Depression, anxiety, nightmares and substance abuse are just some of the consequences. Even more challenging is forming and maintaining healthy relationships.
Even if this is not your story, chances are you have friends who are living this reality and you don’t even know it.
In this recent Promise Keepers Canada podcast, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Barbara Wilson. She talks about what your wife needs and how you can help. She gives very useful advice on how to help victims start their recovery journey. If you are looking for hope from how past sexual abuse affects your marriage, this interview will help!
Barbara Wilson is an author, psychotherapist and the founder of Freedom Bound Communications, an organization that brings healing and hope to those with a sexual past. Released from a past of her own, Barbara brings neuroscience, Scripture and her own story to help couples move forward to healing.